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Old 06-30-2020, 10:14 AM   #1
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New Ford 7.3L V8 available as a crate engine

So I know the new Ford 7.3L V8 gas engine has been mentioned on here before, but I just read an article that it is going to be offered as a crate engine. Knowing that they are using this engine in the current cutaway E350's I would think that physically it would fit pretty easily in all E series vans, no? At least the '08 and newer ones. I have no idea what it would take electronically or from a transmission perspective, but seems like that would be an awesome replacement for aging SMB's everywhere!

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Old 06-30-2020, 10:30 AM   #2
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I'm hopeful that this becomes a viable swap option but considering Ford's past support of crate engines (and wiring and controls), I'm not too optimistic yet.

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Old 06-30-2020, 10:45 AM   #3
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I had a slight sparkle in my eye when I read about this crate engine, as I'm going to get a new crate motor for my '69 Bronco when I retire, but I can't imagine trying to shoehorn this beast into my engine bay. Not to mention the strain on the rest of my drivetrain with that torque and HP.

Guess I'll just have to live with a 351W instead.

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Old 06-30-2020, 11:20 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by BroncoHauler View Post
Guess I'll just have to live with a 351W instead.

I respect a first gen Bronco with a Windsor motor.

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